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You Have All You Need

posted 28 Nov 2010, 04:32 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 28 Nov 2010, 04:33 ]

Russell Conwell, the founder and first president of Temple
University, told the story of "Acres of Diamonds" to
illustrate just how often focus is misplaced:

A wealthy landowner in south Asia was living a full and
contented life until he learned of the magnificence and
power of diamonds. The landowner, obsessed by the prospect
of possessing such radiant jewels, concluded his life was
not that full after all. He sold off his property, abandoned
his family - in short, risked everything searching vainly for
something he believed he lacked. Desperate and broke after
years of searching, he cast himself into the sea and drown.
The tragedy of the tale is that years after the man began
his quest the new owner of his property discovered, in a
stream the former landowner had often cooled himself beside,
the richest deposit of diamonds in the world. That former
landowner had literally walked away from acres of diamonds,
ending his life in despair, because he did not know what
treasure he possessed.

Is this a true story? You bet. It's a story that has been
lived millions of times by millions of people. People
willingly abandon their greatest assets in search of
something they mistakenly believe they lack.

People search frantically — in some cases for what,
they do not know: a place for themselves in this world, a
place yet to find. Some people wallow in the despair of
longing. Others ache with a sense of emptiness, craving
something more. In response to the ache, many shackle
themselves to the will of ego. In this desperate game,
success, fulfillment, happiness, are in distant lands,
beyond the next river, over the next hill, always around the
next elusive corner. The draw, the elixir of the search is:
fortune, fame, love, security, power — attributes
people believe they do not possess.

The moral of "Acres of Diamonds" rings true still. We
travelers — adventurers, ordinary people living
ordinary lives — have what we need to succeed in this
life. You need not covet something elusive, you need only
recognize and appreciate the treasure you possess —
your acres of diamonds.

The distance from despair to fulfillment, from longing to
abundance, from sorrow to celebration, is a realization in
your mind. Wisdom recognizes your acres of diamonds. If your
vision is clouded call on courage and strength and will to
help you find your way.

The story of every life, though at times perceived as a
disparate trek, is actually an element of an intricately
woven tapestry. You are not poor and dispossessed. You are
not separate and alone. You have been awarded a great
treasure. Weave your cord and add it to the grand tapestry.
Fulfill the destiny that is your potential.

Do not despair in the game of hide and seek, searching
unceasingly. What you are looking for is hidden in plain
sight, surrounding you, protecting you, loving you, in spite
of your foolishness.

Use the time, talent and energy you have - for these are
your acres of diamonds. Your task is to mine those acres of
diamonds for a greater purpose. You have all you need to
live a full and fulfilling life - use what you have.

About the Author:

Scott F. Paradis, author of "Promise and Potential: A Life of
Wisdom, Courage, Strength and Will" publishes "Insights" and
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